Credit: Digital Transformation Agency of Australia

Credit: Digital Transformation Agency of Australia

Australia’s DTA partners peak ICT industry body to step up co-operation on digital transformation

On March 14, Digital Transformation Agency of Australia (DTA) announced that it has signed an agreement with the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak industry body for the information and communications technology (ICT) sector.

DTA acknowledges that digital transformation requires collective efforts from the government and industry to deliver better results for the individuals and business that have to use government services to get things done.

The AIIA is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem, pursuing activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem and to create a favourable business environment for members, and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity.

In a statement welcoming the new agreement, CEO of DTA Mr Gavin Slater said involving industry in government transformation was crucial to success.

“The information and technology industry has much to offer government and by engaging early in the design and development of projects and programs, we have an opportunity to build in industry best practice, encourage innovation and make it easier to do business with government,” said Mr Slater.

The memorandum of understanding (MOU) intends to spell out how the DTA and AIIA can work together and facilitate practical ways for the two parties to engage to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.

Such mutually beneficial outcomes include the provision of better digital public services, a network for collaboration and inspiration, and economic growth through open markets and by stimulating startups and small to medium enterprises (SMEs) to engage in government procurement activities.

The two parties agreed to work cooperatively to exchange information, experiences and expertise to achieve better outcomes for individuals and businesses using government online services.

This collaboration will focus on key priority projects on (1) ICT Procurement Reforms, (2) digital identity, including the Trusted Digital Identity Framework (TDIF), and (3) building digital capability.

The following principles of engagement underpin this DTA-AIIA MOU:

(1) Collaboration and partnership: Collaboration and partnership between the two parties is based on mutual respect and a commitment to engaging early to help shape thinking on potential solutions and initiatives.

(2) Mutual advantage: The two parties recognise each other’s interests, including the protocols and objectives of government and the commercial interests of industry.

(3) Measures of success: The two parties will work together to review the measures of success outlined in this document.

(4) Inclusive: This MOU is inclusive to all AIIA members.

(5) Communication: Communication between parties is timely, respectful, frank and constructive and undertaken in the spirit of achieving positive outcomes in the design and delivery of exemplary digital government services.

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